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zarqawi farrell early. at the beginning of 2004 is when we are sure he was there. we started to track his work and of course in the spring of 2004, when fallujaha essentially highlighted the meltdown of iraq, had violence all around the country, but fallujah became the first spot in the country where they held ground, they actually -- al qaeda and the sunni elements that were working with them at that point held at bay coalition and iraqi forces from the city of fallujah for a number of months. at that point it was clear that what they had built not only was farrell passionate but it wasal also extensive -- but it was also extensive. the network worked around most of the country. zarqawi was an interesting role, to get really to the heart of bruce's question, there was a question about -- there was an issue about did he really matter? and the answer is yes, he did. he mattered in a big way. because zarqawi became an organizational leader, he also became an iconic leader. he leveraged both very well. at one point we would watch him move around the country and deal with groups and he was ve
that all americans are treated farrell and equally. that's why it's critical that congress pass the violence against women act re-authorization. since its inception, this act has always been bipartisan. last april the senate passed a strong bipartisan re-authorization bill. unfortunately the measure failed in the house, but it must pass in the 113th congress. the safety and security of american women should never be politicalized and never has been so in the past. it is my hope that we can put the politics of the last election aside and get down to the business of legislating policy for the american people. we must reaffirm our commitment that women in the united states are offered all necessary legal protections. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? -- from illinois seek recognition? without objection, the gentlelady from yim is recognized for one minute -- from illinois is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the sout
that has a strong, sensible gun laws, it's farrell easy for people to get guns in states that have weak gun laws and traffic them onto the streets of new york or los angeles or chicago. and that's what we've seen. so we really need strong federal measures. and most gun owners support this. 74% of n.r.a. members support universal background checks. host: have you -- do you talk regularly with the n.r.a.? do you deal where them regularly at all? do you have a dialogue? guest: we are open to have a dialogue with anyone in candor. the n.r.a. is less open in having a dialogue with us and you saw that they for quite some time refused to meet with the president. eventually met with the task force. but there are members of the n.r.a. which i think is more important, the members of the n.r.a. are reaching us out to and we're reaching out to them and those people are law-abiding, responsible gun owners who want the same things that we want and that families across america want. which are safe communities, safe schools. so that's important. because the n.r.a. really does not speak for gun owners. the
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